Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane: Keeping Warm

Well I really must say that today has been the most wet and chilly day so far. However, morning dip was done under a dry sky which was a lucky start to the day. We were also treated to a mother loon with her babies swimming by. One of the babies was getting a free ride on Mom’s back!

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Mondays are usually spent doing dry dock at waterfront, which is when the girls go down to learn the rules of boating and the basic strokes on land. Luckily we have a great big boathouse and the lesson went ahead as planned inside. Swimming was cancelled as it was too cold to swim.

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Parents, you may have questioned our winter hat and gloves on the kit list, but today’s dampness meant that we made good use of them. Tarps went up on the marquee walls to keep the dampness and wind out and the warmth from the wood stoves in.

Guides played a camping skills version of Jeopardy this afternoon and I think they enjoyed the buzzers. Sparks and Brownies went on a little hike and spent the afternoon crafting.

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The evening brought the Guides on Iroquois down to visit the Sparks and Brownies and they enjoyed a campfire together.

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Sleep well tonight to the sounds of pitter patter as the sun will be out tomorrow!

Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane: Week 2 Ends and Week 3 Begins

Friday to Sunday:

I was lucky enough to be visiting the Brownie site at lunch when one of the campers read the story that her Stepdad had written to her aloud to share it with the whole site. He is a journalist and writes stories for her:

Dear Camper,

Once upon a time, there was a little girl away at camp. In the night, the ingredients for s’mores became attached to her body. She had the power to shoot marshmallow webs, graham cracker force fields and chocolate rockets. She was now Smoregirl, the new hero of campers everywhere. Whenever young campers needed help, Smoregirl was there with a supply of delicious goodness at hand. She also battled young campers’ greatest enemies – Mothman, Bearzilla and Bugsy. Smoregirl quickly became the most popular camper, but no one knew her true identity, you. And no one could know, it was a secret!

What an uplifting wonderful story from home! Great writing! Thank you for sharing!

The Pathfinders were up in the dark and hiking the trail to the Bluff on Friday morning so that they could enjoy the sunrise from the top. It’s always a treat even with a little morning cloud.

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Guides slept out under the stars on Friday night. They were able to enjoy the beautiful night sky as they fell asleep on the upper deck at waterfront. Before they came down the chatter and excitement level could be heard from down below. I reminded them that the Brownies were asleep and they all did a great job tiptoeing down to their beds and settling in for the night.

At departue, campers were excited to see their families and sad to say goodbye to their friends. Until next year campers — thank goodness for social media!

Arrival day on Sunday brought car loads of new and returning campers for another great week. The sun was shining and it was hot! We were able to get all of the campers boat tested, so they are ready for boating today.

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A delicious BBQ was enjoyed by everyone together outside Stavert and ice cream sandwiches for dessert were welcomed on a warm evening. As I was finishing up the day’s business side of things, I could hear the voices of the Sparks and Brownies singing at their campfire. A perfect end to a perfect day!

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Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane 2017: the Long Lake Challenge – Conquered

Thursday began with sunshine and a paddle to Blueberry Island for the Guides.

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After putting the canoes in the water, they were off.  I hiked down to Mic Mac to wave hello from the shore and take a few more pics as they passed by.

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They all returned with smiles and full of chatter. It was hot but the dip at Blueberry Island cooled everyone off. This is always a favorite for the Guides.

While the Guides were away, I borrowed their site because they have good signal for data there and it is nice and peaceful.  A little fellow looking for scraps interrupted my quiet.

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Poor little guy, I think he was confused as he wanted to jump down from the top of the cupboard and visit but everywhere he turned was too high. He left back the way he came.

I am not sure, but I think from the evidence on the table, some girls have been busy painting.

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Brownies came down to the waterfront for boating after lunch but that was withheld because of thunder. We had 45 minutes of thunder in the distance but no rain. A visit to the candy store (tuck) and some games on the deck passed the time.

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Once again, we thought the Long Lake Swim Challenge would have to be cancelled but the thunder rolled out, Guides got some swim time and then it was time for the Challenge. All the girls attempted it and did a great job! It is hard to swim it wearing a life jacket and is certainly more tiring. There is always next year to try again.

One Ranger, who has asked to do it every year since she was a Pathfinder, was finally given the okay to try it this year. Everyone was so proud of her and no one more than herself .  It was a struggle but with support, strength and her upbeat attitude, she did it! She had a wonderful smile half way when she touched the boat and a bigger smile at the end.

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Congrats, a well deserved crest to finish off that circle!

Pathfinders and Rangers treated us to central campfire tonight and it was wonderful as usual.

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Central with campfire and songs have to be everyone’s favorite part of camp.

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We all enjoyed the songs and I am improving on “Eddie” believe it or not.

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After central campfire the Pathfinders and Rangers climbed the hill to Algonquin to have their own fire with a S’more challenge.

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Just a look at the ingredients gives memories of great fun at camp. I wonder if this crazy fun gang was able to sleep last night?

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Another wonderful day at Wa-Thik-Ane and we enjoy her view from central as we say good night.

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Super Eagle singing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane 2017: Regatta Day – Week 2

Today was the big day in our week long camp with Regatta in the morning and the Short Lake swim challenge scheduled for the afternoon. Regatta was a great event and fun was had by all the campers; big and small.

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Teams got to tour the Wa-Thik-Ane Carnival and pay to play games using gold rocks. The prize, you ask? Well, each game had a prize that came in handy to build a raft which your team “leader” (the adult in the group), volunteered to race with.

 

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They began with 5 gold rocks per team but they quickly disappeared as they played the games, so they needed to go back to the water where one team member had 10 seconds to find as many gold rocks in the water as possible.

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There were plenty of gold rocks on the shores of lac Bouchette for unending Carnival play.  It was difficult to win the base of your raft today, as the teams had to keep a beach ball in the air for 6 seconds.

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After playing the games there was a needed freezie break, and then the building of the rafts began. Good strategy for this leader to rest before the big race.

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All aboard their rafts and in no time we had a winner, Chickadee from Iroquois! We had a close race for second and the cheering continued until the last participant was in, even if she pulled her raft.

It is great to have friends of Wa-Thik-Ane visit and today we had the pleasure of Nemo, one of Wa-Thik-Ane’s lifeguards from the past came back to visit. Good times and good memories.

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We enjoyed our lunch and then had more water activities. We originally cancelled the short lake challenge, as things began to look gloomy and the wind picked up, but then the sun came out and we were able to get the short lake in! Congrats to the girls who completed their short lake; thumbs up!

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The Pathfinders took the Brownies on a visit to the fairy walk today, and they obviously put on an amazing tour and told a great story. When I arrived for a visit after supper I saw the remains of the glitter along the ground and steps where the fairy came to visit. The news about how two of the Pathfinders remembered seeing the fairy come by, and waking up with fairy glitter dust all over them.  As they all talked at the same time (as they can do!) they told me about the adventure, out came the dress up trunk of princess costumes and oh, did they have squeals of delight!

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A great way to end the day.

Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane 2017: Glorious sunshine after the fog

The view from the lakeside was certainly a different one at morning dip yesterday. There was a heavy fog.

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One of the local ducks was even confused as he flew in, landed just next to our morning dippers and then realized we weren’t his family and flew off with a quack! It was beautiful as the sun started to burn the fog off.

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Wa-Thik-Ane not only creates so many wonderful friendships and memories, but also provides many picturesque views.

Breakfast at the Guides site brought the chopstick challenge to the campers. You had to eat as many pieces as you could in 10 seconds.

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We had a happy camper who certainly had some chopstick skills. Well done ladies a fun one to watch.

Today was the Blueberry Island life jacket swim for our second ever group of participants. They waited patiently on the rocks at the waters edge to receive the green light to go and then they were in the water and on their way.

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It didn’t take very long to turn around and hear a cheer from the swimmers, happy to see how far they had swam already.

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Everyone did a great job, some were very tired, but they all rose to the challenge and should be proud of themselves.

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Guides celebrated a birthday today with a camper turning 10!

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We have such creative volunteers on the sites; they can turn any dessert into a birthday cake. This lucky lady had a rice krispie cake.

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The Brownies were busy with some wonderful crafts; they made gorgeous dragonflies for their hats.

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Their day was brought to a close with a campfire, some songs and banana boats. Yum!

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Today was a great day with lots of sunshine and hot temperatures, something we have not seen a lot of this summer so we are thankful to those wonderful weather gods.

Hoping we have more of that lovely weather for Regatta tomorrow.

Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane 2017: Kit Kat and Canoes!

Week 2 !!

Monday started a little gloomy but the rain treated us well with just a few showers and then a sunny afternoon for swimming.

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Brownies had a beautiful hour on the water in the war canoe today with just enough cloud cover to give them shade.

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It is beautiful to watch them from shore as they carve a path in the water.

Swim test and boat test are part of the way we keep the campers safe by checking their ability in the water. Today, everyone succeeded at their boat test and swim test, so waterfront will be busy.

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One camper makes it look so easy as she floats on her back in recovery position with her eyes shut enjoying the minute!

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The first challenge swim happened this afternoon with campers from every site jumping in to challenge themselves to the boat swim. It takes a good number of volunteers to suit up in life jackets and make the pathway for the swim so if they are tired someone is nearby to give them a 10 second rest. Once we are in bobbing in our life jackets they are off!

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It was a special day with Kit Kat our lifeguard turning 22 years of age! She was surprised as all the campers were down on waterfront and on the secret code word, we all began to sing “Happy Birthday” as they handed her a giant Kit Kat bar with a candle! Hope you found some time to celebrate tonight Kit Kat!

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Pathfinders ended the day by eating a meal with their hands tied behind their backs. A challenge I think they really enjoyed, especially with tonight’s dessert being millefeuille!

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Who doesn’t like a little whipped cream on her face?

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Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane 2017: Week 1 ends and Week 2 begins

Friday morning started with the last of the gang completing their Morning Dip Challenge – the 3rd dip of the week.

After breakfast, Guides were challenged to a scavenger hunt with camp skills training. Some challenges included, compass skills with string at one station and boat building with Lego at another.

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The evening hours brought making fire starters with Granny Owl and a short lesson on the safe way to use a propane stove.

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Pathfinders were busy making light-sabers and then challenging each other to a dual during swim time.

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Some girls had the chance to see our resident deer and her two fawns. I was lucky enough to share some time with her in the parking lot on Friday night.

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Saturday morning brought the chatter of everyone packing up for home. It was time to start moving the luggage. One last yummy meal together with our picnic lunch and then it was time to say hello to the family members and goodbye to the camp friends.

Sunday brought the arrival of week #2 campers. The balance of the morning was spent settling into our tents and going over site management and safety.

Afternoon brought a session of dry dock training for each site so that we are all ready for boating tomorrow morning after a few boat tests.

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As usual, we all shared a meal together with a central BBQ and the weather gods were very kind to us; allowing the sun to shine down and let those rain clouds move on to another area.

 

Super Eagle Signing off,

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